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A GROWING PASSION: Food Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

Stream now or tune in Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2

Geertje Grootenhuis (left) coordinates and manages food waste reduction and r...

Credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Above: Geertje Grootenhuis (left) coordinates and manages food waste reduction and recovery projects for the San Diego Food System Alliance. She talks with Host Nan Sterman (right).

KPBS Presents Season 7 of A GROWING PASSION With 6 Episodes!

In America, 40% of all the food produced goes uneaten, including more than 20 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables wasted on farms alone.

That number doesn't includes produce thrown away in cafeterias, restaurants, and institutions, nor produce wasted by the biggest source - our own home kitchens.

Wasting produce wastes water, wastes fertilizer, wastes money, and on and on. The produce ends up in the landfill where it generates the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

In an era with rampant food insecurity, it is shameful to waste so much. What's the solution?

Helping Hungry People and the Planet

Follow the path of wasted produce and see where you can affect change. Stopping food waste not only saves water, fertilizer, and money; but ends hunger as well.

On this episode, we unravel this complicated story as we follow the paths of wasted produce from farm to landfill to compost.

Along the way, we meet individuals and organizations working hard to stem the flow, both on a large scale and in our homes, too.

Photo credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Crate full of vegetables.

Featured Organizations:

San Diego Food Systems Alliance

Produce Good

Leucadia Farmers Market

San Diego Food Bank

Kitchens for Good

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About The Series:

From earth-friendly and water-wise gardens to organic foods and habitat restoration, San Diegans demand options that protect our health, feed our communities and protect our natural resources. Hosted by Nan Sterman, A GROWING PASSION explores backyard food production, major horticultural growers, low-water landscapes and sustainable practices around the home and in the garden.


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